Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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Graduate student in or of?

In my cover letter I want to write that I am a graduate student in statistics. But I am not sure about the "in". So what is correct? I am a graduate student in statistics. I am a graduate ...
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Which preposition comes in the phrase “assistant professor in English” [duplicate]

Which preposition should I use in the sentence "He is an assistant professor in English" or should i use "He is an assistant professor of English"?
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Can a prepositional phrase be the direct object?

We're covering grammar in English I, and we just got to gerunds. In one of the exercises, I had the sentence "Pilgrims learned about planting crops from the Wampanoags." I'm supposed to find the ...
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A synonym for “over” in “over a distance”

Could you give me the best synonym for over in this situation? Aqueduct: artificial channel for conducting water over a distance. I know it is the best preposition for this context. But I wonder ...
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What preposition should be used with the 'wrap' verb?

I want to wrap it WITH the paper I want to wrap it IN the paper I want to wrap it BY the paper
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“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
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What is a “local preposition”?

I bought a sweater for myself. I don't have any money with me. My books tell me that I cannot use a reflexive pronoun in #2 because the preposition in that sentence has "a purely local meaning." ...
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Is it correct to write “He takes part in a project”?

I searched for an answer at this site, but didn't find it. Is it correct to write "He takes part in a project"? Is "takes part in" correct in the aforementioned sentence? Or should other preposition ...
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Verb + Preposition - use of from

I have a cylinder and a nail. If an instruction says 'the nail is inserted from the top' what is the correct meaning? Does the verb refer to the cylinder or the nail?
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Data of similar characteristics vs. Data with similar characteristics

I have the following sentence that I don't know which preposition is the correct one. Diversification implies a trade-off between selecting data of relevance to user intent and diversifying data ...
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Which preposition to use when referring to computer environments

The computer software can have versions targeting different hardware and operation systems. For example, the same game can be run on PC, Xbox and Mac. My question is - when describing the release of ...
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Which is better, “on” or “in” + place?

I am sometimes confused the usage of prepositions. I say, "It happened in the bathroom." Native speakers of English would say, "It happened on the bathroom." Is one, both, or none correct? What ...
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Reservation “under the name”, “in the name”, or “by the name” of Ms. X

Which idiom of "by the name", "under the name", and "in the name" is appropriate for reservations? e.g. There's a reservation by the name of Cullen... She made the reservation in the name of Jordan ...
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“Facility for speaking” vs. “facility to speak”

Which one would you use: I lost my facility to speak. I lost my facility for speaking. Or does either work?
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The meaning of “reserve of living”

What might be the meaning of the phrase "reserve of living" The quotation comes from Maeve Gilmore's, A World Away. How foreign to the spirit's early beauty And to the amoral integrity of the ...
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Accepted “into” journal?

What is the appropriate way to talk about an article that has been published in a journal? Has it been accepted "into" the journal, "to" the journal, "in" the journal, "by" the journal?
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in or on the following business Day

I have been trying to find a quick answer of this, but my google searches didn't get me anywhere. I'm confused about using in or on in the following sentence. We will return your call in the ...
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Difference between “in” and “to” in this context

My friend is taking an English conversation class. In it, she said I have been teaching math in high schools for more than 10 years. Before that I taught math in junior high schools. However, ...
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“feed an animal some food?”

Which sentence is correct? (or both) Feed the dog twice a day this meat. Feed the dog twice a day with this meat.
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I work “in a grocery store” or “at a grocery store” [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker but both sounds good to me. Which one should be more accurate or in fact correct.
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“Replace with” versus “replace by”

I often see "replace with" and "replace by" used interchangeably, but this doesn't sound right to me: I replaced that component by this one. I would use "with" in such a sentence. "By" only ...
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Is “because-noun” a new preposition?

There are a handful of articles suggesting that a new preposition has appeared in the form of "because-noun": The Atlantic Stan Carey Grammar Girl Isn't "Because (of)... whatever" a causitive? ...
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What preposition do we use with the adjective 'telling' when it means 'revealing'?

Example I: "How telling this is [of/about] the way international students continue to be perceived by their American peers on U.S. campuses?" Example II: "Public opinion is telling ...
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The repetition of the preposition 'to' in this sentence.

Is there a work-around I can use so that I can avoid the close repetition of to in the following sentence? Clearly my advice-giver here does not know what it means for someone to decide to ...
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Should I say “to your daily life” or “in your daily life”?

As you grow up, you realize your philosophical views don't apply much to/in your daily life. Which option is more grammatically correct?
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Am I right for the prepositions in this sentence?

I am writing to seek possibilities of having a continuance for my hearing on 02/13/2014.
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'on' vs. 'in': 'Keep the discussion on the [IRC] channel'

From shlomifish.org: Note that one common mistake that newcomers to IRC do is to private-message a user that helps them (using the /msg command) instead of keeping the discussion on the [IRC] ...
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Goal “for” or Goal “of”?

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. while we have a noun phrase ...
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Effort IN improving?

Could you please let me know if the following excerpt of a sentence is grammatically correct (specifically the preposition after "effort"): "Should there be anything that you feel we are missing, ...
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Which is more grammatically correct - “performance in” or “performance on”?

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? a. John's performance on the test shocked the teacher. (or) b. John's performance in the test shocked the teacher.
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“click on the image” vs. “click the image” [duplicate]

Transitive verbs take object directly. Source - http://grammar.about.com/od/tz/g/tranverb02term.htm If "click" is a transitive verb, why do we say "click on the image" and not "click the image"?
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Distinction between with/by means of

Consider the following examples: Data are usually input by means of a keyboard or scanner. The variation of the distance was measured with a magnetic position detector. We can change this value by ...
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“Absent” as a preposition [closed]

I've recently seen some people use absent as if it were a preposition. One example, which I found in the Christianity forum of Stack Exchange, is as follows: A Sinful nature provides an ...
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“In” vs. “of” after the superlative form of adjectives

Hanna's the youngest member of the team. Why isn't it "in the team"? The rule that we covered in out textbook New Total English pre-intermediate says that we use in with groups of people and ...
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Pressed his fingers against/to the window

Which one is correct: "pressed his fingers against the window" or "pressed his fingers to the window"? Or is there no difference in meaning?
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I have to do it until/by tomorrow. Why both seem to be common?

I have always thought that the correct one is "I have to do it by tomorrow" as "by" is used for some point in the future while "until" is used when something longs until now/that time. Is that ...
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Does an object have “specificity to” or “specificity for” another object?

Does an object possess specificity to or for another object? Every time I go to express this concept in writing, I struggle over which preposition is the more appropriate and more precise. This is ...
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Using three examples with “range from”

When using range from with two examples, it could be: I should note that our current users range from juniors to graduates. But when using three examples: I should note that our current ...
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Is it correct and natural to respond with “interested in” in this context?

I was told: Glad to come across someone who knows Theology. My (proposed) response: It's my pleasure to find someone else interested in Theology on the other side of the World. I am ...
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What's the difference between “content” and “contented”?

What's the difference between "content" and "contented"? I feel content with my present condition. I feel contented with my present condition. When she calls me by my name sweetly, I ...
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How do you use “knack” in a sentence?

On this post here, it says: Another word which comes to my mind is "Knack". It can be used to show how someone has a specific talent. Again as an example - Tim is good with musical ...
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Is “at” or “of” unnecessary in “people his parents’ age”?

There was the following sentence in Maureen Dawd's article introducing a Denber couple who are catering to marijuana tourists at their inn under the headline, “Now playing in Denver: Reefer Gladness” ...
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“A good knowledge in English”/“a good knowledge of English” [duplicate]

Any comments on the usage of "a good knowledge in English"?
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How to combine in a sentence two verb–preposition pairs that have the same TWO objects?

How could one combine succinctly two verbs with the same two objects with different prepositions? For example, if I can either add gifts to a box and remove gifts from the box, what would be the most ...
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Awkward style choice or syntax error?

I'm doing a bit of copy editing on some work, and ran into a sentence that I feel is poorly constructed; however, the author insists that there is no error and that the supposed error in question is a ...
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Is “Didn't you have a meeting to attend to?” grammatical? [closed]

Is the sentence "Didn't you have a meeting to attend to" grammatically correct?
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Which is correct, “shot with an iPhone” or “shot on an iPhone”?

I have used one of these variations (with/on) in a published video. Now one of the industry critics is saying that it should have been the other. So would highly appreciate if the correct preposition ...
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“I'm a student at UCLA” or “I'm a student in UCLA”?

Sounds simple, but I've always been confused. I am also not sure about using the definite article, like “I'm a student in/at the UCLA.” Is that normative American English? Thanks for your help.
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“Am I going the right way for Downwood?” versus “Is this the right way to the station?” Why the change of preposition?

Two sentences taken from First Certificate Language Practice by Michael Vince, 4th edition, p. 104, ex. 4, n° 3, and p. 105, ex. 5, n° 5: "Excuse me, is this the right way to the station?" "Am I ...
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'In order to' or 'to'

Which sentence is correct and why? What is the difference in meaning? I have already written to you, and I received your reply to submit my documents. I have already written to you, and I ...